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Freedom of the Seas


Published 1918


While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were used to sink U-boats. Many ships are seen in the film, including battleships and troop transports. The Clemson-class destroyer USS Dale (DD-290) and Wickes-class USS Schenck (DD-159) appear in the film, which also contains footage of King George greeting the fleet in the U.K. This film is an excerpt from a much longer portrait of America in WWI, entitled "America Goes Over", that was released by Kodak in 1918.


Run time 7 minutes 44 seconds
Producer U.S. Navy
Audio/Visual silent, black and white
Language English

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